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Keep Clear of Pistachios

Jul 09, 2014 - 0 comments

The FDA is asking stores, cafeterias, and restaurants to check with their suppliers and find out if any pistachio products came from Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, Inc. If so, the nuts should not be sold because of possible contamination with multiple strains of salmonella, a germ that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections. Young children, sick or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems are particularly vulnerable. The FDA says several illnesses have been reported and could be tied to the pistachio contamination, but they are conducting genetic testing to confirm the links.

Some of the recalled products include:

Frito-Lay salted pistachios
Kraft Foods Back to Nature products containing pistachios
Chukar brand and Norm Thompson brand packaged products containing pistachios
Setton Farms and Corrado pistachio products

WHAT IT MEANS: Recalls are still trickling in from last January’s huge recall of salmonella-tainted peanut butter products; the incident sickened hundreds and is believed to be responsible for the deaths of at least 9 people. Pistachios may not be as widely consumed as peanuts, but they are used in many processed foods and snacks, so the recall could become far-reaching.

Here’s how to protect yourself against tainted-nuts:

Check your stash. If you have pistachio products in the house, check the FDA's updated recall list before you snack on them. According to the FDA website, the list is being updated regularly but does not reflect all products that may contain pistachios from Setton. Avoiding all pistachios, and products containing them, is the only way to be 100 percent sure of avoiding tainted nuts.

Ask before you munch. If you’re hell-bent on a restaurant dish containing pistachios, make sure your server or chef confirms that the nuts came from a safe source, and not the company in question.

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